Forget About His Will for Your Life!

Hello again readers! I hope all of you are having blessed days! Today we will be discussing Chapter 6 of Francis Chan’s Fogotten God. Only two more chapters to go. Let’s make them really count by opening our hearts and minds to what God is saying.

Ever ask yourself or even others, “What’s God will for my life?” There are only a few people in the Bible who got their life plan from God in advance. Abraham was one of these people. God told him to pack up his family and everything he owned and start walking. Abraham didn’t know where he was going or if he would ever return. No details were given to him at all. God said go, and he went.

Mr. Chan says we need to forget about God’s will for my life. He continues to say that God cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.

It is easy to use the phrase “God’s will for my life” as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. It’s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.

Do you agree with the last two paragraphs above? It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

God wants us to listen to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis, and even during the day, as difficult and stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane. We need to learn to pray for an open and willing heart, to surrender to the Spirit’s leading that friend, child, spouse, circumstance, or decision in our lives right now.

In Galatians we read Paul say the following:

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (5:16, 25).

Questions I wanna leave with you today:

  1. What does your walk with Christ and the Holy Spirit look like?
  2. Are you following the direction of the Holy Spirit, or are you wanting the Holy Spirit to follow you?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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3 thoughts on “Forget About His Will for Your Life!

  1. I really like what you said that, “…we need to forget about God’s will for my life. He continues to say that God cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year.” This statement is so true if only we all could grab hold to that statement and make it a motto of sorts in our lives.

  2. Great thoughts! Being constantly sensitive to the Spirit’s leading is our need. I had a friend in college who floundered for years with “finding God’s will” and didn’t really feel he was really accomplishing anything for Him. We must come to understand that God’s will at any moment is to respond in obedience to His Spirit, reveal His love through our lives and bring Him glory in the process.

    My desire is to follow faithfully step by step and day by day, wherever that may lead.

    Thanks for sharing your thought.

    I wrote a blog post on a related topic here: http://randykinnick.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/lessons-from-a-marathon/

  3. The main thrust of this chapter in Chan’s book seems to be a great correction to our generation’s “me-focus.” Thanks for sharing! It seems that I’ve had a similar encounter with God in Henry Blackaby’s and Claude King’s book, Experiencing God.

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